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Prison Escape Suspect Apprehended by Sheriff's Deputies
(May 2, 2012)

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The Sheriff’s Office was notified of an escaped prisoner from the Atterbury Correctional Facility, a minimum security prison operated by the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC).  Despite his minimim security status, the man had a decade long history of convictions for Burglaries and Robbery.  For the protection of area residents, Sheriff Doug Cox authorized an immediate release of an electronic notification message from the Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to alert area residents.

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers received the report of a suspicious man wearing clothing marked with “IDOC” writing near the Nineveh Christian Church in downtown Metro Nineveh.  Multiple law enforcement officers responded to the scene, including Detective Steve Edwards, Deputy Andy Gordon, Deputy Kerry Hamilton & K9 partner Billy, Deputy Mike Heisinger, Detective Tevis McLaughlin, Lt. Phil Murphy, Sgt. Mike Rogier, Deputy Alex Talley, Deputy Dan Tomey; this tribe of Sheriff’s Deputies (some whom were even off duty) were joined by officers from the Department of Natural Resources, Princes Lakes Police Department, Trafalgar Police Department, and staff from the Indiana Department of Corrections. 

Not long after law enforcement formed a strong presence in the area, a second report was received of the same man running northbound on foot.  Sheriff’s Deputies and assisting law enforcement officers on the scene formed a strong perimeter, and not long afterward Deputy Andy Gordon observed the suspect wearing a white t-shirt and still wearing his tan overalls with “IDOC” markings on them.  Sheriff’s Canine Handler Kerry Hamilton and K9 partner Billy continued their track, which led to the suspect who had attempted to conceal his location along a wooded area near some bales of hay. 

The man was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies without incident, and the case was turned over to investigators from the Indiana Department of Corrections; another job well done by the members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and multiple other local law enforcement agencies.

Special thanks to the alert citizens for becoming involved by doing the right thing – calling 911 immediately to report what they had seen.  If you are interested in subscribing to the free Emergency Message Notification System to receive alerts of critical information about your community, scroll to the bottom of the main page on our website and click on the large “NIXLE” logo.




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